Third Culture Kids: The Experience of Growing Up Among Worlds

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Quercus, Nov 26, 2010 - Social Science - 228 pages
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In this 3rd edition of the ground-breaking, global classic, Ruth E. Van Reken and Michael V. Pollock, son of the late original co-author, David C. Pollock have significantly updated what is widely recognized as The TCK Bible. Emphasis is on the modern TCK and addressing the impact of technology, cultural complexity, diversity & inclusion and transitions. Includes new advice for parents and others for how to support TCKs as they navigate work, relationships, social settings and their own personal development. Specific updates:

A second PolVan Cultural Identity diagram to support understanding of cultural identity

New models for identity formation

Updated explanation of unresolved grief

New material on 'highly mobile communities' addressing the needs of people who stay put while a community around them moves rapidly

Revamped Section III so readers can more easily find what is relevant to them as Adult TCKs, parents, counselors, employers, spouses, administrators, etc.

New "stages and needs" tool that will help families and organizations identify and meet needs

Greater emphasis on tools for educators as they grapple with demographic shifts in the classroom

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User Review  - emanate28 - LibraryThing

As a TCK myself, so much of the book made complete and utter sense, and gave me the framework in which to place my experiences. Wow, I only wish someone had explained all this to me when I was growing ... Read full review

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User Review  - LarisaAWhite -

I just finished reading the updated version of Ruth E. Van Reken & David C. Pollock’s, “Third Culture Kids: Growing Up Among Worlds.” Well worth the purchase price to own this new version. Like the ... Read full review


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David C. Pollock worked with TCKs and adult TCKs for more than twenty years and logged thousands of miles conducting seminars and conferences for TCKs, their parents, and sponsoring organizations.

Ruth E. Van Reken, herself an adult TCK and a parent and grandparent of TCKs, is author of one of the first books written about the TCK experience, Letters Never Sent.

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